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$1000 gaming build

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May 21, 2010 7:51:48 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: with in the next few days BUDGET RANGE: $1200 Before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming,graphics design,movies/music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: os,speakers,disk drive,,monitor **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**





ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: just need it 2 run all my games at max setting with no lag(wow, diablo 3, starcraft 2, C&C, and various other games. and handle running 2-5 programs at,itunes,google, and so on

CASE...$300...Thermaltake SwordM....

MOBO...$125...ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX....

CPU...$142...AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz...

GRAPHICS...$135....XFX Core Edition GeForce GTS 250 1GB...

MEMORY...$150...G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB...

POWER...$130...ZALMAN ZM750-HP 750W....

MOUSE...$93....Logitech Performance Mouse MX...

KEYBOARD....$80...Logitech G15 Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard.....

HDD...i want the Western Digital VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX 600GB 10krpm but its sold out if i cant find the 6.0gb/s ill have 2 go with the 3.0 version.. but this cant wait since the one im using works just fine

price with S&H is $1199.57

this is my 2ed pc build so i am kinda new to this... only real question i have is would anyone recommend a diff mobo that would be faster then the one i chose.. i might get a 2ed graphics card in a few months but as of now 1 is fine

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May 21, 2010 7:59:06 AM

You van get the cheap GIGABYTE GA-770T-USB3 or a crossfire mobo, the Phenom 2 X4 955 and a HD5770. You don't need 750W even of you crossfire the HD 5770.
May 21, 2010 8:13:01 AM

Wow, that is one damned expensive case.

Personally I would settle for a HAF 922, it is $89 and MORE than adequate for your needs.

Don't go with the GTS 250, it is old technology and almost the same price as ATI 5770 which is MUCH better a card and can use Direct X 11. Also, I don't think you can SLI on AMD boards so best to stick with ATI cards anyway as you cannot add a second 250 to the setup.

I would change the motherboard to GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 for the same price.

With the money saved on the case you could actually buy yourself a 22-24 inch monitor with decent resolution (1920 x 1080). The downside to this is you may consider wanting a better graphic card (ATI 5850).

You could change the HDD down to a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB as they are very popular HDDs. This would save you more money
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May 21, 2010 8:30:13 AM

In fact, here is a build I would potentially go with

AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.0GHz - $159.99

GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 - $109.99

G Skill 4GB 2x2GB RAM - $109.99

Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 - $149.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache - $54.99

Corsair 650W - $69.99 (after $20 rebate)

HAF 922 - $89.99

Sony DVD drive - $26.99

Total: $744.92

Add in your fancy mouse and keyboard

Total: $917.92

Personally I would get rid of your monitor and go with

Acer 21.5 inch monitor (1920 x 1080 resolution) - $149.99

You are building a nice computer, why be stuck with such a low resolution?

That brings total to: $1067.91

So, you have a bettr GPU, a better CPU, a decent montior and you have saved $131. (so you could change the HDD to the extra fancy one you want if you like).
In an ideal world with the new monitor you would upgrade the GPU to a 5850 and you will be enjoying max graphics for a long time, but that is an extra $150 (if you stick with the HDD I mentioned that leaves you only $19 over budget so it is worth considering). But, the 5770 is a nice card and at $149.99 it is a far greater buy than the GTS250
May 21, 2010 9:37:07 AM

Ok, so you don't need a new monitor, which means you could get a 5850 and your fancy HDD if you wanted.
Though at your resolution the 5770 would likely still be more than good enough at playing everything at high settings.
I am slightly concerned by the 8ms response time of that monitor and confused as to why a monitor with that response time and non HD resolution is so insanely expensive, but then I am no expert with monitors so perhaps I am missing something.
May 21, 2010 6:28:19 PM

i like asteldian's build
i just wanted to note that until the 24th the spinpoint f3 1tb is only 70 on newegg from the promo code provided on said page

er here is the page:

edit: o one more thing about the monitor, its probably using a different technology than the cheap LCD tech (IPS or S-IPS or better VS cheapo TN)
a quick link to the wiki page, scroll down to types and basically this is why u see thousand dollar LCDs with 10ms response time

bestbuy etc. for the most part ONLY sell TN versions of LCD monitors
NEC and DELL r really the mainstream non-TN monitors i see available usually
May 21, 2010 6:32:44 PM

I don't really think there's any reason to get the new Velociraptor. You can get faster boot times & game loading with a smallish SSD + 1 TB 7200 rpm drive (specifically the Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12).

The 600 GB VR is $280 and offers 3-4ms data access.

An 80 GB Intel X25-M is $200 and offers < .1ms data access. Add in a 500 GB or 1 TB Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12, and for approximately the same price (with the 1 TB drives), you have more storage and faster everything. Note that the 7200 rpm drives mentioned perform streaming reads at speeds rivalling the VR.

For more details, you might check out this Anandtech article about the new VRs.

(Don't get me wrong, the VR is an excellent hard drive, but with the prices of SSDs & 500 GB platter 7200 rpm drives where they are, VRs don't make a whole lot of sense anymore, except perhaps for database/workstation-type workloads.)
May 21, 2010 6:40:16 PM

thank you thank you.. like i said im kinda new 2 the whole computer thing.. i know a tad but not as much as u guys ... ill problly go with asteldian's build hope it will get me back into the gaming scene
May 21, 2010 6:48:25 PM

Asteldian's build is quite good. Since you already have a decent monitor, I would suggest his build, but substitute an ATI 5850 for the 5770 (as he mentioned). And consider an SSD + Spinpoint/7200.12, but only if you have money left over that you're considering blowing on a VR. :) 
May 21, 2010 11:10:05 PM

is i got a ssd/SP would i just use 2 the ssd to load my OS onto? and then the SP for everything else? or is that not how it works
May 22, 2010 5:19:44 AM

Depending on how big the SSD is, load the OS & whatever most frequently used apps/games you can on there, leaving some free space for later. Save other data on the storage drive.

There's a lot out there if you google SSD tweaks for windows.
May 22, 2010 7:54:28 AM

thanks i decided im just going 2 get a new power supple,mobo,cpu,graphics card and memory.. trying 2 get it all for around $500-$600.. im just going 2 use my current case,hdd,disk drive and then problly in dec/jan im going 2 go ahead and get a whole new computer when i have more $$

i was thinking of getting the ASUS AM3 AMD 870 instead of the GIGABYTE mobo u posted... its $10 cheeper and iv always been a asus fan any reason on y i should get the gigabyte over the asus? and iv always loved XFX gc's


MOBO....ASUS AM3 AMD 870---- $100....
CPU......AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition----$160...
RAM......G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB----$110...
Graphics.....XFX Radeon HD 5770---$170......
POWER....CORSAIR 650W....$90....

total cost.....$640 with is right around what i wanted 2 spend... you guys like this build better then my 1st one?

May 22, 2010 10:56:38 AM

Definately a better looking build. Given your original budget though, I would considre pushing for the extra $150 for the 5850, I know that topples you considerably overyour new budget, but the card will last you a good long while, and even while overspending now, as the build I put up earlier shows, by the time you complete the build you will be falling right inside your initial total budget ($1067.91)
But its up to you, at your resolution the 5770 will be good for awhile, so you may prefer to keep with it now knowing at some point you will need to upgrade (at which point things will be cheaper and you may afford better)

But yes, aside from the question of what you want to do with the GPU it all looks good. (I don't know too much about AMD mobos but I assume the one you picked is good. Asus and Gigabyte are the popular ones)
May 22, 2010 11:24:59 AM

yea right now i shouldnt be spending $1000 on a pc id really like to but i need to pay my court fines 1st i just need a GC thats going 2 run my games at mid to max settings i was trying 2 keep it under $600

like i said in jan maby a lil later i plan on building a top of the line gaming pc i just need a pretty good one for now so i can play Starcraft 2 when it comes out and get back to wow and all my other games so ill consider spending $300 on a gc then
May 22, 2010 11:34:54 AM

Oh, in that case definately stick with the 5770, it will run your games at mid settings for a long time no problem, I was thinking in terms of max settings which at your resolution will the card will also manage for probably a year or so. I am so used to buying cards based on lasting 2-3 years (women refuse to see the logic of spending less now then spending some money again later, they just see it as spending and spending again! So I always have to buy more than I need at the time to make sure the wife doesn't start questioning)

When you upgrade in Jan I still wouldn't buy a new GPU, keep the 5770 for as long as you can play your games and get a new card when all is cheaper :)